Placepot pointers: Derdas looks a banker to make the frame at Sandown

Wed 22 Jul 2020

By The Tote Team

There is evening racing to enjoy on Thursday with Sandown Park staging an eight-race card which begins at 4.20pm.

The first six races make up the Placepot pool, where you could land a share of a big dividend, without even needing to pick a winner.

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How's the going?

After a good week on the weather front, the going at Sandown will be good to firm, good in places.

The Big Trend

Buick's Sandown exploits this year include winning the Coral-Eclipse on Ghaiyyath

William Buick has ridden five winners from 11 rides at Sandown this year, boasting a 45 per cent strike rate.

Buick has booked rides in Leg 2 (4.55), Leg 4 (5.55), Leg 5 (6.30) and Leg 6 (7.00) on Thursday and all of them are worthy of a close look for the Placepot.

It is worth nothing that both Andrew Balding and the ever-consistent Charlie Appleby both have 50 per cent hit rates at the track this season, and they both have runners on the card.

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Placepot Banker

Derdas (Leg 3, 5.25pm) has encountered soft ground on all three of his starts and the son of Exceed And Excel has shown a good degree of promise.

Now rated 86, this maiden is entitled to shed his maiden tag here and faster ground could easily bring about some improvement.

David Menuisier’s Shouldering shaped well on his Haydock debut and could provide the biggest threat, but it will take some really sharp performances here to kick Derdas out of the frame.

Outsider to Consider

Cosmic Power (Leg 4, 5.55pm) enjoyed a productive juvenile season in 2019, with two seconds and an Ascot win supporting the notion that Eve Johnson-Houghton’s charge is a useful horse in the making.

His last two outings have been poor, but the three-year-old had a breathing operation following his seasonal debut last month and this may explain why the horse went off the boil. A handicap mark of 77 is very workable if Cosmic Power can bounce back to form and he might be a nice price too.

Torpedo leg

Five-furlong sprints at Sandown are often very tricky races for punters to navigate and Leg 1 at 4.20pm could prove to be the Torpedo leg in the pool.

Agent Shiftwell is drawn in stall 1 and ran well in second last time, so looks set to have a big say in the fight for places. If he fails, Crime Of Passion looks nicely weighted to go well for Jamie Osborne, after a string of consistent efforts in defeat lately.

Sandown Placepot Perm for Thursday July 23:

Leg 1: 3,5 Leg 2: 4,5,7 Leg 3: 3 Leg 4: 1,2,9 Leg 5: 1,10 Leg 6: 1,2

2 x 3 x 1 x 3 x 2 x 2 = 72 lines

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